We were on holiday in Kaltenbach for skiing in the excellent Hochzillertal ski resort and had been eating in the main buffet restaurants around the "Zentralstation" for the last several days and decided that we would give this one a try for a last day treat as suggested by our friend who we went skiing with and who had good knowledge of the area. It is at the north western edge of the resort, at the top of the "Panoramalift". We got to the restaurant and were sat down at a table, where we placed our orders from the menu which forms part of an interesting book about this mountain hut and explains that there are igloos which you can spend a night in with other treats alongside your package. The restaurant's atmosphere was warm and cosy, very relaxing and with a mountain hut-style interior and roaring open fire which all gues well with the delicious food which I shall now describe. The menu is a little inextensive, but fortunately still was extensive enough to include my favourite Austrian delicacy - the ubiquitous Wienerschnitzel! In fact there were two different schnitzels on the menu – the common pork one (which I chose) and another kind which I’ve unfortunately forgotten the name of. I must say that it was the best schnitzel I had in my 9 days in Austria, and believe you me, I had a few, and was served with well-cooked chips and cranberry-style sauce (schnitzel is very commonly served like that is Austria). Everyone else seemed to enjoy their meal but if you do come here and order schnitzel and want a salad, you have to ask for it as it is not served with a salad. The waitresses are very friendly, cheerful and funny (they do make a few jokes)! For dessert I had the best Apfelstrudel I had in my time in Austria (not the best I've ever had though, the best was in a hotel in Baden-Baden, Germany which you can also read my review of). It was still mouth-droppingly excellent, and just makes your mouth go "Mmmmm!" Yes, the strudel is one of Austria's true delights. The food isn't cheap, but for a restaurant of this class and with such delicious food the prices were OK. For cheaper food the “Marendalm" and other central restaurants are better, but if you want the true Austrian restaurant experience then this is a great option. On other skiing days we also popped into the Kristallhuette for hot chocolates (unfortunately they were very milky on one particular day). Did I mention they also do Kristallhuette souvenirs to remind you of your stay (yes you can also stay overnight here, in igloos (as I have already mentioned) or in the hut) or your meal? Overall this place is absolutely fantastic and if you're ever in Hochzillertal ski resort (which is an excellent ski resort that I can certainly recommend that is close to other resorts such as Zell am Ziller and Mayrhofen), then do come here - you'll be in for a real treat.
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